On Science as a Vocation
"In the face of so much uncertainty, would I recommend a career in science to my grandchildren? Emphatically yes! Science is unique among all human activities -- unlike law, business, art, or religion -- it is identification with progress...There were no grants then, laboratory resources were meager, and academic jobs were almost nonexistent. Those were not the good old days, but rich or poor, science is great! To frame a question and arrive at an answer that opens a window to yet another question, and to do this in the company of like-minded people with whom one can share the thrill of unanticipated and extended vistas, is what science is all about. That is what will sustain us in the days and years ahead."
- Arthur Kornberg in "Science in the stationary phase", Science 1995, 269, 1799.
"Nothing worth doing is completed in our lifetime;
therefore we must be saved by hope.
Nothing true or beautiful or good makes complete sense
in any immediate context of history;
Therefore, we must be saved by faith.
Nothing we do, however virtuous, can be accomplished alone;
therefore, we are saved by love."
-Reinhold Niebuhr, in The Irony of American History
On Middle Western State Universities
Vignette:Press Relations from Science
-from the experience of James A. Van Allen, cited in Discovery of the Magnetosphere
(C. Stewart Gillmore and John R. Spreiter, Eds.; American Geophysical Union)